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who opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the u.s. military thought maybe the policy of don't ask don't tell would be repealed. it didn't happen. but before tha there was high drama on capitol hill over what would happen, even a huge celebrity made her plea for a change ithe policy. our own key o'donnell has been covering the story and she's with us tonight from washington. kelly, good evening. >> hi, brian. >> reporter: the emotions run deep and the intensity playing out is, to some degree, about the future of thpolicy itself and a lot is about politics. with just a few weeks to go before the mid-term elections. >> this is a blatant political approximately ploy in order to approximately in order to galvanize the political base of the other side which is facing a losing election. >> it is wrong to suggest that the fight legislatively is election-driven. >> reporter: republicans effectively blocked repealing th17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military so the president's often-repeated promise goes unfulfilled. >> i will end e "don't ask don't tell." that's
for american workers who have been making a basic household product most of us thought would never die. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. same question we posed at the top of the broadcast, what if an internet billionaire known for his iconic hoody gave a fortune to an inner city school system that's in shbles? we are about to find out. mark zuckerberg of facebook fame and fortune. he's 126. he went to harvard. he's about to be the subject of a big new hollywood movie. tomorrow, he's announcing he's giving $100 million to the scol system in newark, new jersey. by the way, the teachers there are the highest paid in the state of new jersey. the results there are awful, unacceptable in any society. and here's another example of private money trying to fix public schools. rehema ellis is at newark city hall tonight. >> reporter: good evening, brian. deep rooted problems need dramatic solutions. that usually requirelots of money, which the city is about to get. newark, it's the largest city in new jersey, with the biggest school probl
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
states. >>> and at risk, questions about something dentists use, especially on young patients. >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, >>> also tonight, making a difference on the home front, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been the american ideal, part of the american way, pushing ahead, always getting better, always improving, a future always brighter than our past. but tonight in the new nbc news polling numbers debuting today, americans are losing hope in the future of their country in greater numbers now. our new numbers contain bad news for the president and bad news for his party. a lot of it because the economy is beyond bad and it's been that way for quite a while. and we begin tonight with our political director, chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. a grim set of numbers. >> it is. and the pessimism isn't about the now, it's about the future. look at this first number. is america in a state of decline? 65%, two-thirds of the country agrees that america is in a state of decline. that
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universatelevision >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, beeve it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out wha to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the grou. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the reblican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories
before. our whithouse correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforrd enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue, and i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> reporter: one congressman initially asked him to leave. >> you run your show, we run the committee. but what do you say to that, stephen? >> reporter: but the testimony went on for several uncomfortable minutes. though not every member gave hi
that colossal explosion. >>> best medicine -- teens are using common cough medicines to gehigh, but tonight, a surpsing decision about a possible solution. >>> and top secret -- what we now know was going on in the background in some of the most famous images of the civil rights era. famous images of the civil rights era. "nightly ns" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been a huge gulf in american society and in our workforce, especially, what men and women are paid for the same work. tonight, we can report the numbs have moved. though the reason for it isn't good. figures from this year show women earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn. that's the highest number ever recorded. the bad news is the reason for it. the onomy is in such crummy shape, a ton of men have been hard hit and many women in turn have prospered in this economy. still, in terms of women's inme and earning power in the u.s., the number represents a victory, a milestone and it's where we begin tonight with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in miami beach fo
of the u.s. supreme court. justice steven breyer. >>> standing up to bullying in school. what most kidslready know and what parents need to know about the problem. >>> and sudden death. a high school ball player's close call in the end zone, and what some are calling the miracle that saved his life. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-univsal television >>> od eveng. there was something about watching all those homes in calirnia iinerated in th natural gas explosion and fire that made people think otheir own homes, to see a neighborhood that was thrivi just last week, gone today, makes you think twice about the dangers we all live with. in this case, the pipelines and gas mains that crisscross the country and bring energy to american homes. hundreds of thousands of miles of them passing under mmunities like san bruno, california. we start off just south of san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the compa that owns the run purred line offered a bp-like fund. $100 million for families affected by the blast, b tonight, many of them jus
-universal television >>> good eveni. for years a lot of us bought them without thinking much about them. then you tend to think about them when cases of salmonella start galloping across the country as they just did. so today in washington, they heard testimony from two of the largest egg producers in this country. millions of people have purchased their brands without knowing it and still will. the problem is, 1,600 people got sick recently in 22 out of 50 states. there could be many more who passed it off as a passing bug. 500 million eggs were recalled. today, we got a glimpse, for better or worse, into these two big producers. our own tom costello starts us off from washington. he's in a store there tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. in fact, most grocery stores nationwide, all stores should be free of those bad eggs. today, the iowa farm at the center of this mess suggested that a third provider, a feed supplier, may be responsible f the salmonella that has led to the recall of 500 million eggs. on capitol hill today, the man at the center of the biggest saonella egg recall ev
. >>> we must begin with a major news story just up the coast from us here in california. it was dinner time last night, about 6:15 in san bruno, california, the routine of a normal thursday in the neighborhood was shattered by an explosion so loud it was heard for miles. then came the geyser of flames shooting 300 feet in the air and then the noise. people near the blast zone understandably thought it was an earthquake, a nuclear explosion, perhaps a plane had gone down. turned out to be a natural gas line exploding and a fire that wasn't brought under control until just this afternoon. san bruno is a city of about 30,000 people, give or take, just south of san francisco, just west of that city's airport, sfo. federal investigators have converged on the neighborhood where the gas main blew up. we begin our broadcast tonight from the scene. our own kristen welker and miguel almaguer are there for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brin, good evening. the national transportation safety board is leading this investigation. the blast has already been called a state of emergency
. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any dots. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of importa places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that w last night's result, and november is something else entirel lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea par supporters are excited about the same big upset here, each believing it can help their separate causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate th
north an there's still more on the way. sour ore tom ctello starts us off from here in chevy chase, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. in fact, the east coast has been struggling through droht conditions, but today it got hammered. it started out with heavy rain, then flash flood and tornado watches fromhe outer banks of north carolina all the way north to new jersey. it was the dead of night when howling winds and the heaviest rains in months swept through the mid-atlantic. flooding neighborhoods, homes, roads, and making a mess of the morning rush. in metro washington, it caused one city bus to slam into another, injuring 26 passengs, including eight high schoolers. >> neck pain, back pain, minor lacerations and abrasions. >> reporter: the d.c. area is expecting seven inches of rain by the time this all moves out tonight. >> we've got many creeks and streams out of their banks. >> reporter: in myrtle beach, south carolina, the water has much othe city in a stand still. >> hopefully it will drain off in the next day or so, but right now we can't get out
. kerry, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. yes, nbc news has confirmed that secretary of defense robert gates late this afternoon phoned pastor jones. then a short time later, pastor jones came out here with all the world's eyes looking at this field in rural florida. they heard the pastor announce that he no longer plans to build a bonfire with more than 200 korans. pastor terry jones says he no longer plans to burn the koran. >> we have been in very much thought and prayer over this whole period. a lot of times we were asked what would it take to call this thing off. we have thought it over many times. >> reporter: the pastor now says burning the koran was directly linked to plans to build an islamic cultural center and mosque in lower manhattan near ground zero. >> if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. >> reporter: flanked by an imam from central florida jones claims imam
. but from al qaeda'perspective, they were successful. they tied uphe u.s. security services, they cost a great deal of money. and al qaeda decided we got a lot of bang for a iled attack. let's keep them going. that's what has people concerned. >> we keep calling the new normal, keeps changing all the time. richard engel, thanks as always. >>> now to what was a breaking domestic story late today. a terrible bus crash in maryland. at least one person wakilled when a charter bus carrying children and their parents fell 45 feet off a sky ramp on the d.c. beltway. it landed along a stretch of interstate 270, backed up traffic 15 miles and we're told that won't be cleared for hours. state police say rescue crews had to cut free four people who were trapped inside the bus. some of the survivors we're told tonight have sadly life-threatening injuries. >>> much othe east coast is under a serious flood watch tonight, and take a look at why. it's a weather system that stretches between two major cities very far apart. miami, all the way north to new york, as if traveling along i-95. it's already
correspondent, chuck todd, here with us to start us off. >> good evening. we'll start with the number everybody asks about five weeks before the election and that is, this generic ballot question. who's up? who's down? what do you prefer? last month, it was a nine-point advantage for the republican now, the lead has shrunk to six. the mood of the electorate hadn't changed. theyant change. they don't like the direction of the country and democrats ar starting to engage african-americans and hispanics. as peter ht, our pollster put it, democrats can change the turnout but not the landape. but what is the change voters want? what is this change th want? listen to this, 75% say the result they'd like to see is reduced special interest influence. 70% want to elect political outsiders, even if they are inexperienced, whether we're talking about christine o'donnell from delaware or other folks like that. 54% hope the tea party enthusiasm in the republican party makes them a fiscay conservative party. 54% want to see the repeal of health care, but what's interesting. they care about these things more t
he told us today about his fellow former presidents. >>> is it safe to change the genetic makeup of salmon and will you know it when you see it? >>> on thin ice, some magnificent creatures whose home ice is literally melting out from under them. a big change happening right now. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the folks who study recessions have determined this one is the longest since world war ii, where they might differ from the rest of us, however, is their view, their contention that the recession is now over. and that it lasted 18 months. that doesn't go over well with the llions of americans wondering how their own situation will improve. it's a sentiment the president ran right into today in a town meeting televised live onc nbc and featuring a does of humanity during this rough time. we begin with white house correspondent savannah guthrie. >> reporter: there are those technical measures that economists talk about, then there is the reality on the ground. today, the president got a dose of the latter. >> thank yo
for the tailgaters. it's going to be a nice night night for a game. we have a fantastic week ahead of us. let's show you what's happening outside right now. we did see the rain across the area, but that did not stop a lot of people from coming down to the adams morgan day festival. look at all the people in the way there of rain. i'm not sure if this is the electric slide or what they were doing there. now look at this. look at the food down there as well. i would have liked to have gone there today. now partly to mostly cloudy skies. we'll see these to the east of the d.c. area. temperatures got up to 73 degrees. it's currently 70 degrees. nothing to show on the radar. most of the rain or actually all of the rain is now out of here. it has pushed well east. we're seeing clearing west of the district. to the east we're looking at cloud cover. to the west we're looking at nice temperatures and sunshine. look at winchester at 77. where we still have the clouds, 64 in annapolis and 66 in leonard town as well. redskins against the cowboys. partly cloudy, light winds achl great night for football. temper
reality. despite the efforts of some to make us think it's all gone, turns out most of the oil that spilled into the gulf is still there. ightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's enough to make you believe that education, specifically fixing education, is now emerging as a real national goal. at least it's officially part of the national conversation. as you may know, we're hosting this multi-day summit here at rockefeller plaza in new york called "education nation." and today, the story advanced with news on education from the president of the united states on down. and some of the people in the fight seem actually hopeful that breahroughs and real change could start coming fast. we want to begin our coverage tonight wi lester holt here in the studio. lester, goodvening. >> reporter: those gathered here agree the system has on the overhauled but cnging the way we educate our kids means challenging long-held traditions and as that can be a very difficult conversation. >> it is my pleasure to welcome you to education nation on
trend that the problem of poverty isn't diminishing, it' groegs. >> lee cowan starting us off. thank you for that. as promised, news on another economic front, the number of people who lost their homes to foreclosure hit an allime high last month. 95,000 homes were repossessed, taken back by the bank in foreclosure. that number is up a full 25% from last year. >>> now we turn to election politics. the latest reverberations from that snning win in tuesday night's primary in delaware, where the tea pay backed candidate christine o'donnell won the gop nomination in the race for a senate seat there. delaware is a small state, but what happened there is getting big attention. that would include the white house, where white house correspondent chuck todd is standing by tonight. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. despite the warning signs, all the surprise primary winners, like christine o'donnell, leaders from both parties, including folks at the white house, are struggling to figure out how this tea party movement has so successfully tapped into this angry and frustrated american
herself might be a candidate for that job. brian? >> tom costello starting us off in washington tonight. tom, tnks. >>> with that as the setup, shortly after she appeared with the president in the rose garden this afternoon, she joined us from washington. professor warren, it is said that you're not being appointed to the job we all expectedou to be appointed to because of the opposition that the banks and the wall streeters would have pitched threatening senate confirmation. the first question is, why not take that fight to the floor of the senate? why not have that conversation so people can see it and hear it? >> well, you know, i have to say i've never walked away from a fight in my life, so you can ask my three older brothers about that. but the point is, the time spent fighting is the time not spent doing the actual work of this agency. right now, millions of american families across this country are hemorrhaging money on credit card tricks and traps, on mortgages that are deceptive, on check overdrafts, on car loans. this lis and at some point, we have to get this agency stood up
. they've got to get batteries. they wiped us out of just about everything. >> reporter: still, ben ferrucci, vacationing with his two daughters, has faith this holiday will be spared. >> talked to the locals. they haven't got hit in 20 years around here. something about the cape. maybe we're lucky. when it gets close it likes to drift out to sea. hopefully it's not going to be any different this year. >> reporter: earl is also already causing problems for weekend travelers, brian. amtrak suspended train service between new york and boston until tomorrow morning. >> all right, peter alexander on the tip of long island at montauk. it's still going to get sporty tonight. we watched veteran hurricane specialist brian norcross until the wee small hours last night on the weather channel. he's back at it for us tonight. so, brian, a few things. some heartbreaking beach erosion in the east from the carolinas to maine, the canadian maritimes. fast-moving storm. it will be 1,000 miles into canada by this time tomorrow night. what do we owe for the nice timely shredding of this big storm? >>
. >> david, the president was in full campaign mode today. what does that tell us about the political landscape this fall? >> it's still very, very tough. i think that's why you see the president both ramping up his campaigning personally and ramping up the rhetoric against republicans. he's trying to frame the debate for the fall campaign. it's all about the economy. 9.6% unemployment, a housing crisis that continues to affect americans across the country and here you see the president really sharpening his knives, sharpening his message for republicans saying, things are tough, but these guys opposing me don't have better ideas. >> is there a national democratic or is it district by district out there? >> it's both. the president at the top of the ticket, if you will, though he's not on the ballot, is trying to frame this as a choice election. the president knows if it's just about him, a referendum on his leadership, democrats could be hurt around the country. he and fellow democrats want to make it a choice to say, things may be tough, you may be unhappy with how things are going
businesses headed for a slow holiday weekend. >> everybody's a little d disappointed including us. our season will be over here in short time anyway. we like to take advantage of that, but safety first. >> they have asked us to leave. so we're going to have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: further north on the midatlantic coast from virginia to delaware, it seems beach vacations continue uninterrupted, for now at least. surf's up in ocean city, maryland. >> it's been a long time since the city's had a really bad hurricane. i'm afraid that we're kind of overdue. >> reporter: back in north carolina, locals are challenging earl to see just how bad a hurricane he will be. ron mott, kill devil hills, north carolina. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander on long island. already earl's pounding surf and dangerous rip currents extended the shores of new jersey and new york. the approaching storm has forced beach closures in places where extreme weather can actually attract a crowd. >> i don't want to see people endangering themselves. caution's the word. >> reporter: at this marina, henry
. nbc's anne thompson was on board the thip that retrieved the preventer and joins us from new orleans with more. ann. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the blowout preventer is now in the custody of the fbi tonight, making its way to shore and to a nasa facility here in louisiana where it will be inspected for evidence as investigators try to answer the question of why it failed. it emerged slowly from the gulf of mexico, a 1 million pound metal sea creature pulled up as the sunset on the scene of the biggest oil spill in america's history. the final 500 feet of the one-mile journey from the seafloor were the longest. hydrates, the crystals that foiled several attempts to cap the well, created trouble. marvin morrison is the well site leader. >> the hydrates as they come up, they melt and they gas off. so as it's coming to the surface, we have to make sure that we're taking all the safety precautions necessary so that gas is contained and held and bled off promply. >> reporter: the giant tower hoisted the structure through the center of the vessel. hanging in the dark the emergency b
'sducation correspondent rehema ellis is here to tell us more about it. >> iwas an exciting event. for two hours the teachers were inspiring about the job that is stressful and extremely demanding. right now the teacher's job is under crical review because of what is and is not happeningn the classroom. america's public school students are in trouble. on nearly every major ranking theesults are disapinting. 40 years ago american students were first. now among 30 developed nations our skutudents rank 24th in mat 17th science and 10th in adi reading. nationwide nearly 70% of our students graduate from high school, but among african-american, latino and low-income students, just over 50% graduate each year. the state of education in america was the subject of a teacher town hall discussion in new york's rockefeller plaza moderated by nbc's brian williams. about 300 educators joined 2300 more online to share ideas, to brnstorm, and in part to vent. >> are teachers, do you feel, under attack right now? >> teachers cannot fix every problem. try ase do, and as responsible as we feel for every problem,
's president in new york for the u.n. general assembly says the u.s. should release nine prisoners jailed here. the mothers have asked to meet iran's president here. so far no response. >> whether i knew that sarah was definitely released, it s a very bittersweet moment for me. i mean, the cold, hard truth is shane and josh aretill in prison, and we want them home. >> reporter: they wouldn't talk about conditions in the prison or how shourd was treated. they have met a lawyer, they said. the investigationeems complete, but neve they have no when a trial will happen. ourd called leaving iran one of the most memorable moments of her life. >> i'm only one-third free. that was the last thing josh id to me before i walked through the prison doors. josh and shane felt one-third free at that moment and soid i. >> reporter: it was a time of mixed emeegss, desperately worried about two missing sons. >>> tonight bmuda is bracing for a head-o h from hurricane igor just hours from now. tonight the category 1 is casting a massive ftprint on the radar map with hurricane-force winds up to 90 miles from the c
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